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Rep. John Conyers: Illegal Immigrants Are 'Not Illegal,' They Are Just 'Out of Status


"The people in this country are not illegal.  They are out of status."

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) speaks during the unveiling of the new Rosa Parks stamp, a commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service honoring civil rights icon, February 4, 2013 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. , addresses supporters during the Michigan Democratic election night party at the MGM Grand Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) was speaking at a hearing on immigration policy held by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday when he expressed his hope that "no one" in his company would use the term "illegal immigrant."

"I hope no one uses the term 'illegal immigrants' here today.  Our citizens are not--" he said, breaking off to correct himself.  "Our, the people in this country are not illegal.  They are out of status.  They are new Americans that are immigrants, and I think that we can forge a path to citizenship that will be able to pass muster."

Conyers is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

Watch his remarks via National Review, below:

For those who don't recall, Conyers is the same representative who mocked those who ask elected officials to actually read the bills they sign into law for the rest of the nation.

"I love these members, they get up and say, 'Read the bill," he said.  "What good is reading the bill if it's 1,000 pages, and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?"

Conyers is currently serving his 24th term in Congress.  First elected in 1965, he is the second most senior member of the House of Representatives.

(H/T: National Review)



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